"Dear Mr. Philbrick, Why did you decide to become a writer for kids? Did you apply for other jobs but couldn't get them?"
Nelveena J., age 12
Rodman Philbrick was the award-winning author of more than fifteen detective and suspense novels when, inspired by the lives of a couple of kids in his neighborhood, he decided to write a story for young adults. 'Freak The Mighty' has been read by millions of school children and was adapted into a feature film, 'The Mighty'.
When an editor suggested that writing for kids would change his life, the hard-boiled detective writer scoffed. And then the letters began to arrive.
You'll laugh (guaranteed) you'll cry (maybe, if you're slicing onions), but most of all you'll be amazed by what the kids had to say, and how it changed the author's life.
Rodman Philbrick's latest novel, 'The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.Figg' won a Newbery Honor in 2010.
"What a novel consideration! Actually listening to students . . . their perspectives, their questions, their thinking. Consider the benefits of a word from our sponsors -- at the most, we'd garner keen educational insights. At the least, much needed levity for much maligned educators."
Anne E. Cobb, National Literary Consultant
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About the Author
In that same year his debut young adult novel ‘Freak the Mighty’ won numerous awards and was eventually made into the feature film ‘The Mighty’, starring Sharon Stone and James Gandolfini. ‘Freak The Mighty’ has become a standard reading selection in thousands of classrooms worldwide, and now has more than two million copies in print.
Philbrick’s young adult novel ‘The Young Man And The Sea’ draws upon his youthful experiences as a boat builder, and his vivid memories of growing up in a small town on the coast of New England. In 2010 his novel ‘The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.Figg’, set at the time of the Civil War, won a Newbery Honor.
Philbrick continues to write thrillers for adults. His latest, ‘Measure of Darkness’, will be published in 2011 under the pen name Chris Jordan. He and his spouse, writer and editor Lynn Harnett, divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys.